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Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council coordinates rural touring schemes in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire on behalf of the partnership of local authorities across each area.

The three touring schemes - Village Ventures (Nottinghamshire), Centre Stage (Leicestershire) and Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring - support volunteer promoters to programme high quality performances from professional companies and performers in local community venues. By increasing its investment the partnership is supporting the continuation and growth of the schemes in providing access to a wide range of arts activities in rural areas.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £126,000
  • 2013-2014: £128,898
  • 2014-2015: £132,249

Video feed

Meet Sheila - Social Worker

Sheila gives an insight into her work, the support provided and children that are in most need of adoption. Adopt with Nottinghamshire County Council: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/adopt

Meet Mandy & Louise

The couple had always wanted children. In May 2013, their dreams were realised when the Rushcliffe couple adopted siblings Alice and Max. Adopt with Nottinghamshire County Council: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/adopt

Meet Christopher & Caroline

Ten years ago the couple made the decision to adopt 12 year old twins Alex and Eryn and have since adopted a child under five who has a number of health issues including eyesight problems. Adopt with Nottinghamshire County Council: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/adopt

Meet Ben

Ben wanted to use his experience as a professional carer to look after children with complex needs. He has adopted siblings Jack, Ruby and Lily. Adopt with Nottinghamshire County Council: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/adopt

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Sherwood Forest Nature Watch - Squirrel Watch

Close-up video images of deer have been captured on camera as part of a new photographic wildlife survey being conducted in Sherwood Forest. The captivating footage has been generated as part of a specialist project between Nottinghamshire County Council’s rangers’ team and wildlife photographer Barbara Meyer. Wildlife cameras have been carefully located within a number of natural habitats with the purpose of generating footage which can benefit education and conservation work at Sherwood Forest Country Park. The cameras are sited away from public footpaths and public areas and will help the rangers’ team to understand more about wildlife and its movements within the forest.

Sherwood Forest Nature Watch - Deer Watch

Close-up video images of deer have been captured on camera as part of a new photographic wildlife survey being conducted in Sherwood Forest. The captivating footage has been generated as part of a specialist project between Nottinghamshire County Council’s rangers’ team and wildlife photographer Barbara Meyer. Wildlife cameras have been carefully located within a number of natural habitats with the purpose of generating footage which can benefit education and conservation work at Sherwood Forest Country Park. The cameras are sited away from public footpaths and public areas and will help the rangers’ team to understand more about wildlife and its movements within the forest. The county council has created this short film called Deer Watch which captures the nocturnal and daytime activity of deer within the country park. The film is available via the county council’s YouTube Channel. Paul Cook, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Assistant Site Manager at Sherwood Forest, and Barbara have reviewed footage they have already captured from the first two months of the project. Paul said: “We hope to capture a range of different wildlife and seasonal changes so aim to run this project for around 15 months in the first instance. Some of the footage we have already captured is remarkable, especially being able to get so close to deer, for example.” The cameras are set up within natural habitats for a couple of weeks at a time, away from public areas, and the batteries and memory card capacity allow the team to leave the camera running without checks over a short period such as this. The cameras only film when there is movement in shot, so would be activated in instances such as when a deer is grazing. Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Photographs have enabled us to learn so much about wildlife in Sherwood Forest for many years and this new nature film shows just what is possible with today’s technology to help us learn even more about life for animals such as deer within Sherwood’s natural habitats.” Barbara Meyer runs Big Cat Photography, and is a specialist in wildlife and nature photography. In countries such as Africa, her work aims to help endangered Big Cat species to raise awareness of their situation and conservation work. This latest project is part of Barbara’s work to focus on British wildlife. It is hoped the project will confirm current understanding of what wildlife species live in Sherwood Forest, learn about the wildlife's behaviour and their movements, i.e. how far they roam and also provide photographic and video material for educational purposes on British wildlife. In addition, Barbara has started to also take photos of birds at the feeding stations around the nature reserve. This should provide information about the different bird species and their distribution throughout the forest area. Barbara will produce reports about sightings and behaviour on a monthly basis. These reports will include details about which bird and wildlife species have been captured or just seen at the different feeding station.

Space For A Child - Fostering in the East Midlands

There are over 4,000 children are in need of foster care across the East Midlands Could you make space for a child in your life? Find out how rewarding fostering can be: www.spaceforachild.com The Space for a Child advert from fostering with local authorities in the East Midlands including: Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council , Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Rutland County Council.

VOTE for the MAJOR OAK

England’s iconic Major Oak on quest for European crown! Robin Hood and Nottinghamshire County Council are backing the Major Oak to win the European Tree of the Year competition! People are being urged to take part in the public vote throughout February for the competition being organised by the Environmental Partnership Organisation. The Major Oak – estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old – is in the heart of Sherwood Forest country park which is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, and forms part of Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Councillor John Knight, Committee Chairman for Culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The Major Oak touches people’s hearts and their imagination. We were delighted that it won the Woodland Trust’s England Tree of the Year title in December and hope that everyone can get behind our campaign to win this prestigious European title. The Major Oak is one of the most iconic and best known trees in the world and it would be a fitting tribute if it could win this European award.” In this video, the county council's country park's team and Steve Warrington, Robin Hood at the annual Robin Hood Festival explain what makes the Major Oak so special. To place your vote in the competition visit http://www.treeoftheyear.org between February 1 and February 28.

Re-opening of Bingham Library and Children's Centre

Opening speeches at the re-opening of Bingham Library and Children's Centre following a £720,000 investment project by Nottinghamshire County Council, with Culture Committee Chairman, Councillor John Knight, and Chairman of Notts CC, Councillor Pauline Allan

Amy from Channel 5's Milkshake visits Mansfield Library

TV presenter Amy Thompson from Channel 5’s Milkshake! and other panto stars met youngsters at Mansfield Library on 6 December. Find out more about our commitment to modernising libraries across the County: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/pressreleases/show/latest-on-notts-modernisation-programme-in-libraries Amy Thompson (Princess Briar Rose), Adam Moss (Silly Billy) and Michael Quinn (Prince), are appearing at Mansfield Palace Theatre this festive season for the exciting production of Sleeping Beauty from Saturday, November 29 to Sunday, January 4. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/libraries

What is the Care Act?

An overview of the Care Act from Skills for Care

Santa's Grotto at Rufford Mill

Visit Santa Claus in his traditional Victorian style grotto at Rufford Mill cottages - a great opportunity to spread some Christmas magic for younger children. Santa is a popular chap so come early if possible and be prepared for some queues at busy times. http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/events/christmas-2014/?entryid139=448681

Coco and owners

On Sunday 30 November Coco came with her owners to visit Santa at Sherwood Forest Country Park. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

Dog Grotto

On Sunday 30 November canines from across the County came to visit Santa for a festive treat. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/christmas

Jake Mace and Kenny Anderson - Skills for Employment team

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Skills for Employment team is supporting more young people into education, training and employment. For the last academic year, it helped 68% of 230 young people out of NEET status – Not in Education, Training or Employment. Jake Mace was homeless during the freezing January snow blizzards last year. Now the 20-year-old is working voluntarily at a community café in Nottingham, studying on a catering course, and is living in settled accommodation. He has credited Nottinghamshire County Council’s Skills for Employment programme for helping getting his life back on track.

Say 'yes' to an apprentice through Nottinghamshire County Council

'Say 'yes' to an apprentice' is a campaign to encourage employers to take on an apprentice for the first time. Watch this video to find out about the benefits.

Riki Wessels supports National Adoption Week in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club's Riki Wessels was adopted when he was six weeks old. This National Adoption Week (3 - 9 November) he is lending his support to encourage adoptive parents to come forward for sibling groups and children who are harder to place. To find out more about adopting, visit http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/caring/children/adoption-and-fostering/adoption/

Robin Hood meets Doctor Who

Clara goes back in time to search for one of her heroes and finds more than she bargained for....‘Robot of Sherwood’ is the title of the next episode of the BBC One hit show, Doctor Who. Nottinghamshire County Council is hosting a major celebration to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Sherwood Forest being granted (SSSI) Site of Special Scientific Interest status with the Major Oak Woodland Festival on September 13 and 14 from 11am to 4pm. There will be heritage crafts, tree surgeons, outdoor learning displays, community archaeology, bugs and critters, bee keepers and the old tool store among the attractions during the weekend each day. For more details visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sherwoodcp or http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/whatson or the Sherwood Forest Trust website http://www.sherwoodforest.org.uk

Antique African bracelet

Emily Gillott, Community Archaeologist of Nottinghamshire County Council, describes an antique bronze bracelet that is suspected to have originated from Africa has been found on Linby farmland in Nottinghamshire.

Prepare a ready bag in case of flooding

In case of flooding in communities in Nottinghamshire one tip is to prepare a ready bag. Find out more at: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/flooding

Children's social care at NCC

Whether you're starting your career in children's social care or are already experienced in this sector, Nottinghamshire is the place for you. Working as a social worker is a challenging but very rewarding job and we are seeking new staff to join us. In return for great people, we are offering an attractive benefits package and great career progression opportunities. Watch this video to find out more.

Shared Lives

Shared Lives supports vulnerable people to live as independently as possible in the community. The support provided can include help with practical tasks as well as social skills and confidence in day-to-day living. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sharedlives/

Strawberries at Brooke Farm

Ian Holland talks about this years crop of strawberries and other produce at Brooke Farm, Nottinghamshire Visit the Brooke Farm webpages: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/living/business/servicesyoucanbuyfromus/brooke-farm/

Get the Message

Highlighting the dangers of not paying attention when using your mobile. Produced by young people from West Notts College.

Brilliant Book Award - Chris Bradford

A message of thanks from Chris Bradford after finding out his book, Bodyguard Hostage, has won the Brilliant Book Award. Find out more about the award, who's involved and - most importantly! - the books at http://brilliantbookaward.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/

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